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Dell VxRail Appliance 4.7x Administration Guide

4.7.x

March 2022 Rev. 10

Notes, cautions, and warnings

NOTE: A NOTE indicates important information that helps you make better use of your product.

CAUTION: A CAUTION indicates either potential damage to hardware or loss of data and tells you how to avoid

the problem.

WARNING: A WARNING indicates a potential for property damage, personal injury, or death.

2018 2022 Dell Inc. or its subsidiaries. All rights reserved. Dell, EMC, and other trademarks are trademarks of Dell Inc. or its subsidiaries. Other trademarks may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Revision history..........................................................................................................................................................................6

Chapter 1: Introduction................................................................................................................. 7 Introduction........................................................................................................................................................................... 7 Dell Technologies Support.................................................................................................................................................8

Register for a Dell Technologies Support account................................................................................................ 8 Where to go for support resources...........................................................................................................................8 Use SolVe Online for VxRail procedures.................................................................................................................. 8

VxRail documentation.........................................................................................................................................................9 Locate your VxRail serial number.................................................................................................................................... 9

Look up your VxRail serial number in VxRail Manager.......................................................................................... 9 Locate your physical VxRail serial number (models 60 through 280).............................................................. 9 Locate your physical VxRail serial number............................................................................................................. 10

Chapter 2: Architecture overview................................................................................................. 11 Overview of VxRail............................................................................................................................................................. 11 The VxRail Appliance..........................................................................................................................................................11 Storage and virtualization................................................................................................................................................ 12 Features................................................................................................................................................................................12 VxRail Appliance cluster expansion................................................................................................................................13 VxRail Appliance deployment options for VMware vCenter server....................................................................... 13

Chapter 3: Network planning....................................................................................................... 15 Pre-Engagement Questionnaire (PEQ)........................................................................................................................ 15 25GbE, 10GbE, or 1GbE switch networking................................................................................................................ 15 Network requirements...................................................................................................................................................... 16 VxRail Appliance Network Configuration Table.......................................................................................................... 17

Chapter 4: Licensing your VxRail Appliance..................................................................................19 Set up VMware vSphere licenses for VxRail............................................................................................................... 19

VMware vSphere license overview..........................................................................................................................19 Locate the VMware vSphere partner activation code ......................................................................................20 Log in to the activation portal..................................................................................................................................20 Preparing your vSphere license for your VxRail Appliance............................................................................... 20 Assign a VMware vSphere license to your VxRail................................................................................................ 21

Set up VMware vSAN licenses for VxRail....................................................................................................................21 VMware vSAN license overview..............................................................................................................................22 Locate your vSAN partner activation code...........................................................................................................22 Log in to the activation portal..................................................................................................................................22 Preparing your vSAN license for your VxRail Appliance.................................................................................... 23 Assign a vSAN license to your VxRail cluster....................................................................................................... 24

Chapter 5: Working with the VxRail Manager Plugin for VMware vCenter....................................25 Overview of the VxRail Manager Plugin for VMware vCenter.............................................................................. 25 View the VxRail Dashboard.............................................................................................................................................26

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Support eServices.......................................................................................................................................................26 Use the Support Knowledge Base...........................................................................................................................27

Configure VxRail clusters................................................................................................................................................ 27 Viewing the VxRail Manager version number....................................................................................................... 28 Link your Online Support account to VxRail Manager........................................................................................28 Updating VxRail Manager certificates....................................................................................................................28 Generating a diagnostic log bundle......................................................................................................................... 28 Configuring a network proxy server....................................................................................................................... 29 Enable Secure Remote Services..............................................................................................................................30 Access SaaS multi-cluster management features using MyVxRail.................................................................. 31 Setting Internet online/offline mode...................................................................................................................... 32 Configuring network traffic throttling....................................................................................................................32 Enabling and disabling cluster health monitoring.................................................................................................32 Convert an internal vCenter server to an external vCenter server................................................................ 33 Updating system software........................................................................................................................................ 33 Viewing installed applications................................................................................................................................... 34 Use VxRail Market.......................................................................................................................................................34

Configure VxRail satellite nodes.................................................................................................................................... 36 Configure iDRAC..........................................................................................................................................................36

View Remote Support Connectivity information.......................................................................................................36 Viewing physical system health......................................................................................................................................37

Locating components and viewing hardware health...........................................................................................37 Viewing physical disk status..................................................................................................................................... 38 Viewing physical node status....................................................................................................................................39 Viewing power supply status.................................................................................................................................... 40 View the physical NIC status.....................................................................................................................................41

Shut down a VxRail cluster..............................................................................................................................................41 Adding a VxRail host to a cluster................................................................................................................................... 41 Remove a VxRail host from a cluster........................................................................................................................... 42

Chapter 6: Other administrative tasks.........................................................................................43 AD user management tasks............................................................................................................................................ 43 Cluster management tasks..............................................................................................................................................43 Data center management tasks.....................................................................................................................................44 Datastore management tasks.........................................................................................................................................44 DNS management tasks.................................................................................................................................................. 44 Secure Remote Services management tasks............................................................................................................. 45 ESXi host management tasks.........................................................................................................................................45 External vCSA and PSC management tasks.............................................................................................................. 45 Internal vCSA and PSC management tasks................................................................................................................46 Migrate from a VxRail vCenter Server to an external VMware vCenter Server............................................... 47 iDRAC configuration management tasks..................................................................................................................... 47 iSCSI management tasks.................................................................................................................................................48 Log server management tasks....................................................................................................................................... 48 NFS management tasks...................................................................................................................................................48 NTP server management tasks......................................................................................................................................48 VMware VDS management tasks..................................................................................................................................49 VM folder management tasks........................................................................................................................................ 50 VMware vSphere Standard Switch management tasks.......................................................................................... 50 VxRail Manager management tasks..............................................................................................................................50

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Chapter 7: External storage.........................................................................................................52 NFS and VMFS over iSCSI datastores.........................................................................................................................52 Setting up external NFS storage for a VxRail Appliance......................................................................................... 52 Setting up external VMFS over iSCSI storage for a VxRail Appliance................................................................. 53

Set up the two iSCSI network portgroups............................................................................................................53 Create two VMkernel adapters on the hosts in the cluster..............................................................................54 Set up an active software iSCSI adapter.............................................................................................................. 55 Assign volumes on iSCSI storage............................................................................................................................ 55 Configure multipath for the iSCSI volumes.......................................................................................................... 56 Mount a new VMFS datastore over iSCSI............................................................................................................ 56

Chapter 8: Replacing and adding hardware.................................................................................. 57

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Revision history The following table lists the revision history for this document.

Table 1. Revision history

Date Revision Description of change

March, 2022 10 Minor edits and corrections.

October, 2020 09 Updated to support VxRail software version 4.7.520.

February, 2020 08 Corrected the system software update procedure.

December, 2019 07 Updated to support VxRail Appliance software 4.7.410, made minor edits and corrections.

December, 2019 06 Updated to support VxRail Appliance software 4.7.400.

September, 2019 05 Updated to support VxRail Appliance software 4.7.300.

March, 2019 04 Minor edits and corrections.

January, 2019 03 Expanded the description of the VxRail Manager Plugin for VMware vCenter, made minor corrections.

January, 2019 02 Updated to support VxRail Appliance software 4.7.100.

November, 2018 01 Initial release to support VxRail Appliance software 4.7.000.

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Introduction This guide provides an overview of the security configuration for the VxRail and best practices to ensure secure operation.

Audience This guide provides information for system administrators and other users responsible for configuring and maintaining the security for a VxRail cluster. This document is designed for people familiar with:

Dell Technologies systems and software VMware virtualization products Data center appliances and infrastructure

Resources and support Go to https://www.dell.com/support to create an online support account to access support resources. In the vSphere Client, select VxRail from the menu and use the Support functions on the VxRail Dashboard.

To avoid potential data loss, see the VxRail procedures in SolVe Online for VxRail before you perform any hardware replacement or upgrade activity.

CAUTION: Data loss may occur if proper VxRail procedures are not followed.

For more information about SolVe for VxRail, see to KB 000022572.

Create an online support account to use SolVe Online.

Topics:

Introduction Dell Technologies Support VxRail documentation Locate your VxRail serial number

Introduction This document describes the VxRail Appliance, how it works, and how to perform administrative tasks.

The target audience for this document includes customers, field personnel, and partners who want to manage and operate a VxRail Appliance. This document is designed for people familiar with:

Dell EMC systems and software VMware virtualization products Data center appliances and infrastructure

NOTE: As of VxRail Appliance software 4.7.100, this guide reflects the change from VxRail Manager as a standalone

application to its deployment as a plugin for VMware vCenter. Throughout the guide the VxRail Manager Plugin for VMware

vCenter is referred to simply as "VxRail Manager".

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Dell Technologies Support Create a Support account to access resources for your VxRail. Link your Support account with VxRail Manager to access resources without a separate login.

If you already have an account, register your VxRail to access the available resources.

Register for a Dell Technologies Support account

Create a Support account to access support resources.

About this task

After you register, you can:

Obtain product license files and software updates. Download VxRail product documentation. Access SolVe Online for VxRail, or download the SolVe Desktop application for hardware replacement and upgrade

procedures. Browse the VxRail community and support information. Link your support account for access to resources from within VxRail Manager.

For Secure Remote Services, link your Support account to VxRail Manager under the same party ID. Verify that your VxRail is in an installed state in the Install Base.

CAUTION: For Secure Remote Services, the deployment fails if the same party ID is not used.

Steps

1. Go to Dell Technologies Support.

2. Click Sign In and select Create an account.

3. Enter your first name, last name, email address, and preferred password.

4. Select whether you would like to subscribe to email updates.

5. Click Create an Account.

Wait for a confirmation email within 48 hours.

Where to go for support resources

You can access support resources for your VxRail system by doing any of the following:

In the VMware vSphere Client, select VxRail. Use the Support functions on the VxRail Dashboard. Go to https://www.dell.com/support.

Use SolVe Online for VxRail procedures

Step-by-step instructions for procedures such as replacing hardware or performing system administrative tasks are available through SolVe Online.

You must have an online support account to use SolVe Online. Go to SolVe Online for VxRail to access SolVe. For more information about SolVe for VxRail, see KB 000022572.

To avoid potential data loss, see the VxRail procedures in SolVe Online or the SolVe Desktop application before performing any hardware replacement or upgrade activity.

CAUTION: Potential data loss may occur if SolVe Online is not used to perform hardware replacements or

upgrades.

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VxRail documentation For the latest VxRail documentation, go to the Dell VxRail Documentation Quick Reference List.

Locate your VxRail serial number If you contact Dell Technologies Support for your VxRail, provide the VxRail serial number, also known as the product serial number tag (PSNT).

You can look up a serial number in VxRail Manager or locate the serial number that is printed on the physical VxRail.

Look up your VxRail serial number in VxRail Manager

Follow these steps to look up your VxRail serial number in VxRail Manager.

About this task

The product serial number tag (PSNT) is the VxRail serial number.

Steps

1. On the VMware vSphere Client, select Hosts and Clusters in the left navigation bar.

2. Select your VxRail cluster.

3. Select the Monitor tab.

4. Select VxRail > Appliances from the inner left navigation bar.

5. Select a VxRail to view the Service Tag, ID, PSNT, Model, and IP addresses.

Locate your physical VxRail serial number (models 60 through 280)

Follow these steps to locate your VxRail serial number on the following models:

Prerequisites

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About this task

This procedure applies to the following VxRail models: VxRail 60 VxRail 120, VxRail 120F VxRail 160, VxRail 160F VxRail 200, VxRail 200F VxRail 240F VxRail 280F VxRail G410, VxRail G410F

Steps

1. At the front of your VxRail on the left side of the chassis, locate drives 2 and 3 .

2. Pull out the blue-tabbed tag that is located above drives 2 and 3.

3. View the VxRail serial number label on the pull-out tag.

The PSTN (1) is the 14-digit number that is on the label.

Locate your physical VxRail serial number

Locate your VxRail serial number for D, E, G, P, S, and V models based on PowerEdge servers.

Steps

1. At the front of the VxRail, in the upper right corner of the chassis, locate the luggage tag.

2. Pull out the blue-tabbed luggage tag.

3. Locate the serial number label on the pull-out tag.

The product serial number tag (PSNT) is the 14-digit number that is on front edge of the luggage tag.

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Architecture overview

Topics:

Overview of VxRail The VxRail Appliance Storage and virtualization Features VxRail Appliance cluster expansion VxRail Appliance deployment options for VMware vCenter server

Overview of VxRail VxRail combines PowerEdge servers with VxRail HCI software to deliver virtualization, compute, and storage in a system that enables deep integration across the VMware ecosystem.

The VxRail software bundle includes the following:

VxRail Manager VMware vSphere, including ESXi VMware vCenter Server VMware vSAN for storage

Your VxRail HCI systems software also includes complementary applications such as RecoverPoint for VMs.

The VxRail Appliance The VxRail Appliance includes the appliance hardware, the VxRail Manager Plugin for VMware vCenter, Secure Remote Services, and access to qualified software products.

Appliance hardware

The VxRail Appliance consists of one to four nodes in a rackmount chassis. Each node has its own compute and storage resources.

For a list of available VxRail Appliance models refer to the VxRail website.

One or more network switches (25 GbE, 10 GbE, or 1 GbE depending on model), appropriate cables, and a workstation/laptop for the user interface are also required for use with your VxRail Appliance.

VxRail Manager

The VxRail Manager Plugin for VMware vCenter (referred to simply as "VxRail Manager") provides a software stack for software-defined data center (SDDC) building blocks including compute, network, storage, and management. VxRail Manager streamlines deployment, configuration, and management for easier initial setup and ongoing operations.

VxRail Manager also provides integration for services and support to help you get the most out of your VxRail Appliance.

With VxRail Manager you can:

Monitor system health with deep hardware intelligence and graphical representation View appliance software versions and updates Access Online Support and eServices Access community resources such as the user forum and knowledge base

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Use the VxRail Market to access qualified software products Perform maintenance operations such as replacing hardware, adding drives, and cycling power to the cluster or nodes Perform system software upgrades Add and remove nodes in the cluster

VxRail SaaS multi-cluster management

Your VxRail system allows you to take advantage of VxRail SaaS multi-cluster management features, centralized data collection and analytics that streamline monitoring of your VxRail clusters, improve serviceability, and help you make better decisions to manage the performance and capacity of your pre-engineered hyperconverged infrastructure.

You access the SaaS multi-cluster management features through the MyVxRail web portal, which you can launch right from within VxRail Manager.

Storage and virtualization The VxRail Series integrates VMware vSAN and virtualization to provide a complete hyper-converged infrastructure.

Storage

VMware vSAN is integrated in your VxRail Appliance to provide Software-Defined Storage (SDS). vSAN is not a VSA, but is embedded in the ESXi hypervisor kernels I/O data path. As a result, vSAN can deliver the higher performance with minimum CPU and memory overhead.

vSAN pools the VxRail Appliance's internal SSDs and HDDs on the ESXi hosts to present a single datastore for all hosts in the cluster. vSAN uses a highly available, distributed, object-based architecture. vSAN mirrors and distributes the individual virtual disk (VMDK) across the datastore.

Virtualization

The VxRail Series lets virtualization infrastructure administrators manage storage on a per-VM basis. This VM-centric approach allows for storage policies to be defined at VM-level granularity for provisioning and load balancing. vSAN is fully integrated with vSphere, which simplifies setting up the availability, capacity, and performance policies.

For scale-out, VxRail Manager uses VMware Loudmouth auto-discovery capabilities, based on the RFC-recognized "Zero Network Configuration" protocol, to automatically discover and configure appliances on your network. Loudmouth runs on each ESXi host and in theVxRail Manager virtual machine. Loudmouth allows VxRail Manager to discover all the nodes and automate the configuration. Loudmouth requires IPv6 multicast. The IPv6 multicast communication is strictly limited to the management VLAN that the nodes use for communication.

Features The VxRail Series offers advanced features including automatic deployment, automatic scale out, fault tolerance, and diagnostic logging.

Automatic deployment

The VxRail Manager fully automates the installation and configuration of all nodes in to a cluster after you input the network settings.

Automatic scale-out

The VxRail Series provides automated scale-out functionality by detecting a new VxRail node at power-on. VxRail automatically performs scale-out by adding the node to the cluster.

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New in VxRail 4.7.x, scale-out for 4.7.x VxRail clusters is now even faster with multi-node expansion. This feature enables you to add multiple 4.7.x nodes into the same 4.7.x cluster in parallel, reducing the time required to expand your cluster.

Node failure tolerance

The VxRail Series tolerates node failures as defined by the vSAN policy. Refer to VMware vSAN documentation on FTT and FTM support for more information.

The VxRail Series implements the standard vSAN policy of one failure by default:

An entire node can fail and the system will continue to function. Disk failure cannot affect more than one node. One cache disk can affect as many as six capacity disks (HDD/SSD). One network port on any node can fail without affecting the node.

Network failover is through the virtual switch configuration in ESXi. This is automatically configured by VxRail Manager during initial setup.

Logging and log bundles

The VxRail Series provides logging and log bundles through VxRail Manager. These logs provide operation and event information about VxRail Manager.

VxRail Appliance cluster expansion Your VxRail Appliance cluster can be scaled from a minimum of three nodes. The VxRail Manager automated installation and scale-out features make it easy to expand your cluster as your business demands grow.

With the VxRail Manager multi-node expansion feature, you can perform cluster expansion with up to six nodes in parallel, reducing the time that is required to achieve greater compute and storage capacity.

Standard VxRail Appliance models hold from one to four nodes in a rackmount chassis. vSAN 2 Node appliance models hold from one to two nodes in a rackmount chassis. You may have a partially populated appliance chassis in the cluster. You can use the empty slots in the chassis for future expansion.

You can mix different VxRail Appliance models in the same cluster. Adhere to the following guidelines when deploying a mixed cluster:

The first four nodes in a cluster must be of the same type and configuration. (If there are only three nodes in the cluster they must all be the same type and configuration.)

All appliances in the cluster must be running VxRail Manager version 4.7.100 or higher. First-generation appliances (sold under the VSPEX BLUE name) are not supported. Appliances using 1 GbE networking cannot be used in clusters 10 GbE or 25 GbE networking, and appliances using 10 GbE

networking cannot be used in clusters with 25 GbE networking. VxRail Intel-based nodes can only be added into a cluster with other Intel-based nodes. VxRail AMD-based nodes can only be

added into a cluster with other AMD-based nodes. Hybrid nodes cannot be used in clusters with all-flash or all-NVMe nodes. All-NVMe nodes cannot be used in clusters with all-flash or hybrid nodes.

Work with your sales representative or reseller when planning your cluster expansion.

VxRail Appliance deployment options for VMware vCenter server Your VxRail Appliance can join an existing customer-supplied vCenter server during its initial configuration. This allows you to use a remote central vCenter server to manage multiple VxRail Appliances from a single pane of glass.

A customer-supplied vCenter server can be installed as internal to the VxRail cluster or as external to the VxRail cluster. Depending on the vCenter server location and source, the scope of VxRail management may differ as described in the following table.

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Table 2. VxRail vCenter Server deployment options

vCenter server source

Cluster type Deployed internal to VxRail cluster

Deployed external to VxRail cluster

VxRail scope of management

Supplied by VxRail Regular Default and preferred Not supported Single VxRail cluster

Stretched Supported Not supported Single VxRail cluster

vSAN 2-nodea Not supported Not supported Not supported

Supplied by the customer

Regular Supported Supported Multiple clusters

Stretched Supported Supported and preferred

Multiple clusters

vSAN 2-node Not supported Default Multiple clusters

a. vSAN 2-node support starts with VxRail 4.7.100.

The external vCenter server can be:

Physical or virtual Windows or VCSA Embedded, or non-embedded deployed with an external PSC

To join an existing external vCenter server, provide an existing datacenter and a non-conflicting cluster name during the initial configuration of the appliance. The VxRail Appliance joins the datacenter as a new vSAN cluster with the specified cluster name.

NOTE: The following considerations apply when using your VxRail Appliance with an external vCenter server:

Ensure that the external vCenter server version to be used is listed in the VxRail and external vCenter interoperability

matrix (KB 520355).

You must provide an appropriate vCenter server license.

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Network planning Before your VxRail Appliance is installed, your network switches must be properly configured. Consult with your sales representative or partner to prepare your switches and network before installation.

This chapter discusses the switch and network parameters you must consider to make sure that you properly setup up your switch, configure VLANs, reserve IP addresses, and so on.

Topics:

Pre-Engagement Questionnaire (PEQ) 25GbE, 10GbE, or 1GbE switch networking Network requirements VxRail Appliance Network Configuration Table

Pre-Engagement Questionnaire (PEQ) Before your appliance is installed, work with your pre-sales systems engineer, project manager, or partner to complete the VxRail Appliance Pre-Engagement Questionnaire (PEQ).

The PEQ tool is used to document the Professional Services project installation parameters needed to successfully install your appliance and to facilitate the communication between the different teams throughout the engagement workflow (pre-sales to project management to delivery).

25GbE, 10GbE, or 1GbE switch networking Your VxRail Appliance relies on your 25GbE, 10GbE, or 1GbE switches for all of the networking between nodes in the cluster, and between the cluster and the rest of your infrastructure. It is crucial that your switches are configured properly for the VxRail Appliance to work.

Consult with your sales representative or partner to ensure your switch is properly set up to work with your VxRail Appliance according to the instructions provided by your switch manufacturer. For more detailed information about switch and network requirements, refer to the VxRail Network Planning Guide.

The following table lists the general type of switches needed for different VxRail Appliance models.

Table 3. VxRail Appliance general network switch requirements

VxRail Appliance model Network switch requirement

VxRail 60, VxRail 60F

VxRail E460

VxRail G410, VxRail G410F

VxRail P470

VxRail S470

VxRail V470

10GbE or 1GbE

VxRail 120, VxRail 120F

VxRail 160, VxRail 160F

VxRail 200, VxRail 200F

VxRail 240F

VxRail 280F

10GbE

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Table 3. VxRail Appliance general network switch requirements (continued)

VxRail Appliance model Network switch requirement

VxRail E460F

VxRail P470F

VxRail V470F

VxRail E560F, E560N

VxRail G560F

VxRail P570F

VxRail P580N

VxRail S570F

VxRail V570F

25GbE or 10GbE

Network requirements Your sales representative or partner will work closely with you to ensure you have the following network resources available before installing the VxRail Appliance.

25GbE, 10GbE, or 1GbE switches

You must have one or more 25GbE, 10GbE, or 1GbE switches:

Two or more network switches are recommended for failover, and for installations with more than four appliances. Two switch ports are required for each node (the VxRail 60 requires four ports per node). A fully-populated appliance can

require eight switch ports.

Cabling

If you have RJ45 NIC ports on your appliance you need:

Two to four CAT6 or higher cables per node (these cables are included with RJ45-equipped appliances). A fully-populated appliance requires up to eight cables (the VxRail 60 requires 16 cables).

If you have SFP+ NIC ports on your appliance you need:

Two to four compatible Twinax Direct-Attach-Copper (DAC) cables per node (these cables are not included; you must supply your own). Active DAC cables should be used if the cable is over 5 meters long.

or

Two to four compatible fiber cables with appropriate transceivers per node (these cables and transceivers are not included; you must supply your own).

Servers

You must have a DNS server for network address resolution and Secure Remote Services support.

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VxRail Appliance Network Configuration Table Use the Network Configuration Table when planning and configuring your 25GbE, 10GbE, or 1GbE switches for use with your VxRail Appliance.

This table lists the network parameters that are configured during VxRail Appliance setup. Use the table before setup to plan your configuration. Work with your sales representative or partner to use the table during setup to keep track of your entries.

Table 4. Network Configuration Table

Element Category Description Example Customer value

VxRail Appliance

External Management VLAN ID (optionally modify)

Set external VLAN Management on ESXi before you configure VxRail Appliance. The default is the external VxRail management network, which uses the untagged native VLAN.

Native VLAN

Internal Management VLAN ID

Isolated management network used for VxRail node discovery. Set VLAN on switches before configuring VxRail appliance

Default: 3939

VxRail Appliance Initial IP Address (optionally modify)

If you cannot reach the default VxRail Appliance initial IP address (192.168.10.200/24), set an alternate IP address

192.168.10.200

System Global settings NTP server(s)

DNS server(s)

Active Directory (optional) Domain

Username

Password

HTTP Proxy Settings (optional)

IP Address

Port

Username

Password

Management Hostnames ESXi hostname prefix host

Separator None

Iterator 0X

Top-level domain localdomain.local

vCenter Server hostname vcenter

VxRail Appliance hostname vxrail

Networking ESXi starting address for IP pool 192.168.10.1

ESXi ending address for IP pool 192.168.10.4

vCenter Server IP address 192.168.10.101

VxRail Appliance IP address 192.168.10.100

Subnet mask 255.255.255.0

Gateway 192.168.10.254

Passwords ESXi root

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Table 4. Network Configuration Table (continued)

Element Category Description Example Customer value

vCenter Server & VxRail Manager administrator@vsphere.local

Platform Controller Services (optional)

Platform controller services hostname

pscserver

vSphere vMotion

Starting address for IP pool 192.168.20.1

Ending address for IP pool 192.168.20.4

Subnet mask 255.255.255.0

VLAN ID 20

v SAN Starting address for IP pool 192.168.30.1

Ending address for IP pool 192.168.30.4

Subnet mask 255.255.255.0

VLAN ID 30

VM Networks

VM Network name and VLAN ID Sales / 110

VM Network name and VLAN ID Marketing / 120

...

Unlimited number

Solutions Logging vRealize Log Insight hostname loginsight

vRealize Log Insight IP address 192.168.10.102

Syslog server (instead of Log Insight)

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Licensing your VxRail Appliance Your VxRail Appliance comes with VMware vSphere and vSAN pre-installed. However, you must supply vSphere and vSAN licenses to activate the appliance.

Your vSphere licenses can be obtained in one of two ways:

By leveraging existing available vSphere licenses (for example, from existing ELAs) By acquiring new vSphere licenses from one of the following channels:

Dell EMC direct OEM Dell EMC brokerage services VMware direct Partner (resellers only)

Your vSAN licenses can be obtained in one of two ways:

By leveraging existing available vSAN licenses from existing ELAs By acquiring new vSAN licenses directly from Dell EMC.

Work with your sales representative or reseller to ensure that you have the correct type and quantity of vSphere and vSAN licenses required for your environment.

Topics:

Set up VMware vSphere licenses for VxRail Set up VMware vSAN licenses for VxRail

Set up VMware vSphere licenses for VxRail Obtain VMware vSphere licenses for your VxRail nodes.

You can leverage existing VMware vSphere licenses (for example, from existing ELAs) or obtain a license from: Dell Technologies direct OEM Dell Technologies brokerage services VMware direct Partner (resellers only)

VMware vSphere license overview

Follow these steps to activate the VMware vSphere license.

Prerequisites

Verify access to the Internet. If Internet access is not available, work with your sales representative or reseller to obtain the license.

Create a VMware activation portal account if you do not already have one.

Steps

1. Locate your partner activation code (PAC).

2. Log in to the VMware activation portal and redeem your PAC to receive your VMware vSphere license keys.

3. Prepare a VMware vSphere license key that meets your VxRail vSphere license requirements.

4. Enter your VMware vSphere license key on the VMware vSphere Client and apply it to your VxRail.

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Locate the VMware vSphere partner activation code

When you buy a VxRail, you receive a unique partner activation code (PAC) that you can use to obtain your VMware vSphere license.

About this task

The PAC is emailed to the Bill to and Ship to contacts for your order. The PAC is also sent to any additional email addresses that were entered for your order.

Steps

1. Obtain your PAC.

2. Ensure that the PAC is available as you license your VxRail.

Log in to the activation portal

Log in to the activation portal to redeem your partner activation code (PAC) and receive your VMware vSphere license keys.

Prerequisites

If you do not have a My VMware account, follow these steps: 1. Click Register under New Customers. 2. Enter your email address, password, and other information. 3. Click to accept the terms and conditions and click Continue. An email is sent to the address that you registered with. 4. In the email, click Activate Now and follow the instructions to complete your registration.

Steps

1. Go to https://www.vmware.com/oem/code.do?Name=EMC-AC.

2. Log in with your My VMware credentials.

3. On the VMware Registration for Partner Activation Codes page, enter your PAC in the Activation Code field.

4. Click Continue and follow the instructions. An email containing the VMware vSphere license key is sent. Prepare the license key for your VxRail System and apply using the VMware vSphere Client.

Preparing your vSphere license for your VxRail Appliance

After you redeem your partner activation code (PAC) and receive your vSphere license, you must arrange your vSphere licenses to match your VxRail Appliance.

Prerequisites

You may need to upgrade your license key to match the product version your are using (for example, vSphere 6.5 or vSphere 6.7, and so on). Refer to the VMware knowledge base article, How to upgrade license keys in My VMware (2006974).

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Steps

1. Log into your My VMware account.

2. Navigate to the Manage License Keys page.

3. Select the Combine License Keys option.

4. Find and select the proper number of vSphere licenses to support your VxRail Appliance.

The following table lists the license support requirements. Work with your Dell EMC or partner representative to ensure that you have the proper type and quantity of licenses available for your environment.

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VxRail Appliance model vSphere license support requirements

VxRail 60 4 hosts and 4 CPUs

VxRail 120, VxRail 120F, VxRail 160, VxRail 160F, VxRail 200, VxRail 200F, VxRail 240F, VxRail 280F

3 hosts and 6 CPUs, or 4 hosts and 8 CPUs

VxRail E460, VxRail E460F, VxRail E560, VxRail E560F, VxRail E560N, VxRail E565, VxRail E565F, VxRail G410, VxRail G410F, VxRail G560, VxRail G560F, VxRail P470, VxRail P470F, VxRail P570, VxRail P570F, VxRail P575, VxRail P575F, VxRail P580N, VxRail S470, VxRail S570, VxRail V470, VxRail V470F, VxRail V570, VxRail V570F

1 to 4 hosts and 2 to 8 CPUs

5. Click Combine. (If your vSphere licenses support more than eight CPUs, click Divide License Keys instead.)

6. Follow the My VMware on-screen instructions to finish grouping the licenses.

You have the option to email your license key to yourself.

7. Create a folder called VxRail within My VMware with the required vSphere Enterprise Plus CPU license.

Next steps

For additional information on how to manage existing vSphere license keys to meet your requirements, work with your sales representative or reseller. You can also refer to the following VMware knowledgebase articles:

How to combine license keys in My VMware (2006973) How to divide license keys in My VMware (2006972) How to upgrade license keys in My VMware (2006974) How to downgrade license keys in My VMware (2006975) Licensing ESXi 6.x and vCenter Server 6.x (2107538)

Assign a VMware vSphere license to your VxRail

Apply the license to your VxRail using the VMware vSphere Client.

Prerequisites

Combine or split your VMware vSphere license.

Steps

1. Log in to the VMware vSphere Client with Global.Licenses privileges.

2. Click Home.

3. In Administration, click Licensing from the left window.

4. Select the Licensing tab and click Add New Licenses using +.

5. Enter your product license key, one license per line, and click Next.

6. (optional) Add a label to the license and click Next.

7. Review the details and click Finish to add the license.

8. To assign the new license to a host, click the Assets tab and then click Hosts.

9. Select the host and click Assign License.

You can use Shift+click to select multiple hosts to license.

10. From the pop-up window, select the appropriate license from the list and click OK.

Set up VMware vSAN licenses for VxRail Apply VMware vSAN licenses for your VxRail clusters. You do not need a VMware vSAN license when using satellite nodes or dynamic node clusters.

You can obtain VMware vSAN licenses in one of two ways:

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By leveraging existing available VMware vSAN licenses from existing ELAs By acquiring new VMware vSAN licenses directly from Dell Technologies.

Work with your sales representative to ensure that you have the correct type and quantity of VMware vSAN licenses for your environment.

VMware vSAN license overview

Follow these steps to activate the VMware vSAN license on your cluster.

About this task

Internet access is required for this process. Work with your sales representative or reseller to obtain a license if Internet access is unavailable.

You do not need a VMware vSAN license to use dynamic node clusters or satellite nodes.

Steps

1. If you purchased your vSAN license from Dell, locate your partner activation code (PAC).

If your vSAN license is part of an existing VMware ELA, go to step 3.

2. Log in to the VMware activation portal and redeem your PAC to receive your vSAN license keys.

Use your My VMware credentials or create an account if you do not have one.

3. In My VMware, prepare a vSAN license key that meets your VxRail cluster vSAN license requirements.

4. Enter your vSAN license key on the vSphere Client and apply it to your VxRail clusters as needed.

Locate your vSAN partner activation code

When you buy a vSAN license from Dell Technologies, you receive a unique partner activation code (PAC) that you can use to obtain your VMware vSAN license.

About this task

If you are using a vSAN license that is part of an existing VMware ELA, you will not receive a PAC.

Steps

1. Locate your PAC. A copy of the PAC is emailed to the Bill to and Ship to contacts for your order. A copy of the PAC is also sent to any additional email addresses that were entered for your order.

2. Keep the PAC available as you license your VxRail.

Log in to the activation portal

Log in to the activation portal to redeem your partner activation code (PAC) and receive your VMware vSAN license keys.

Prerequisites

If you do not have a My VMware account, follow these steps: 1. Click Register under New Customers. 2. Enter your email address, password, and other information. 3. Click to accept the terms and conditions and click Continue. An email is sent to the address that you registered with. 4. In the email, click Activate Now and follow the instructions to complete your registration.

About this task

If you are using a VMware vSAN license that is part of an existing VMware ELA, there is no PAC, and you can skip this activation process.

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Steps

1. Go to https://www.vmware.com/oem/code.do?Name=EMC-AC.

2. Log in with your My VMware credentials.

3. On the VMware Registration for Partner Activation Codes page, enter your PAC in the Activation Code field.

4. Click Continue and follow the instructions. An email containing the VMware vSAN license key is sent. Prepare the license key for your VxRail System and apply it using the VMware vSphere Client.

Preparing your vSAN license for your VxRail Appliance

After you redeem your partner activation code (PAC; if applicable) and receive your vSAN license, you must configure your vSAN licenses to match your VxRail cluster.

Prerequisites

You may need to upgrade your license key to match the product version your are using (for example, vSAN 6.5 or vSAN 6.7, and so on). Refer to the VMware knowledge base article, How to upgrade license keys in My VMware (2006974).

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Steps

1. Log into your My VMware account.

2. Navigate to the Manage License Keys page.

3. Select the Combine License Keys option.

4. Find and select the proper number of vSAN licenses to support your VxRail cluster.

vSAN Standard, Advanced, and Enterprise licenses are per-CPU (socket) licenses. The following table lists the license support requirements. Work with your Dell EMC or partner representative to ensure that you have the proper type and quantity of licenses available for your environment.

VxRail Appliance model vSAN license support requirements

VxRail 60 4 hosts, 1 CPU each: 4 CPU vSAN license required.

VxRail 120, VxRail 120F, VxRail 160, VxRail 160F, VxRail 200, VxRail 200F, VxRail 240F, VxRail 280F

3 hosts, 2 CPUs each; or 4 hosts, 2 CPUs each: 6 CPU or 8 CPU vSAN license required.

VxRail E460, VxRail E460F, VxRail E560, VxRail E560F, VxRail E560N, VxRail E565, VxRail E565F, VxRail G410, VxRail G410F, VxRail G560, VxRail G560F, VxRail P470, VxRail P470F, VxRail P570, VxRail P570F, VxRail P575, VxRail P575F, VxRail P580N, VxRail S470, VxRail S570, VxRail V470, VxRail V470F, VxRail V570, VxRail V570F

1 to 4 hosts, 2 CPUs each: 2 to 8 CPU vSAN license required.

5. Click Combine. (If your vSAN licenses support more than eight CPUs, click Divide License Keys instead.)

6. Follow the My VMware on-screen instructions to finish grouping the licenses.

You have the option to email your license key to yourself.

7. Create a folder called VxRail within My VMware with the required vSAN license.

Next steps

For additional information on how to manage existing vSAN license keys to meet your requirements, work with your sales representative or reseller. You can also refer to the following VMware knowledge base articles:

How to combine license keys in My VMware (2006973) How to divide license keys in My VMware (2006972) How to upgrade license keys in My VMware (2006974) How to downgrade license keys in My VMware (2006975) Licensing ESXi 6.x and vCenter Server 6.x (2107538)

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Assign a vSAN license to your VxRail cluster

After you combine or split your vSAN license, apply the license to your VxRail using the VMware vSphere Client.

Steps

1. Log in to the VMware vSphere Client with Global.Licenses privileges.

2. In the Navigator window, locate the cluster to which you want to apply the vSAN license.

3. Right-click the cluster and select Assign License.

4. Click Add New Licenses (the small plus icon: +.)

5. Enter your product license key, one license per line, and click Next.

6. (optional) Add a label to the license and click Next.

7. Review the details and click Finish to add the license.

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Working with the VxRail Manager Plugin for VMware vCenter

Use the VxRail Manager plugin to perform administrative tasks on your VxRail Appliance cluster.

NOTE: Throughout this guide the VxRail Manager Plugin for VMware vCenter is referred to simply as "VxRail Manager".

Topics:

Overview of the VxRail Manager Plugin for VMware vCenter View the VxRail Dashboard Configure VxRail clusters Configure VxRail satellite nodes View Remote Support Connectivity information Viewing physical system health Shut down a VxRail cluster Adding a VxRail host to a cluster Remove a VxRail host from a cluster

Overview of the VxRail Manager Plugin for VMware vCenter VxRail Manager is deployed as a plugin for VMware vCenter. This allows you to administer your VxRail clusters without leaving the HTML5 vSphere Client.

During the installation or upgrade to VxRail Appliance software version 4.7.100 or later, the VxRail Manager plugin is installed in your vCenter.

NOTE: Customers who are familiar with versions of VxRail Manager earlier than 4.7.100 should note the following changes:

The plugin replaces the VxRail Manager web interface the web interface is no longer available.

If you try to log into the VxRail Manager web user interface, you are redirected to the VMware HTML5 vSphere Client

interface.

The plugin does not replace the VxRail Manager virtual machine on each VxRail cluster; it is the new UI for VxRail

Manager.

While no functionality is lost from earlier versions of VxRail Manager, the location and presentation of the functionality has

been rearranged and streamlined to provide an integrated experience within the vSphere Client.

The VxRail Manager Plugin for vCenter includes the following functionality:

VxRail Dashboard (select VxRail from the vSphere Client menu) System health Support Community activity Knowledge base content

VxRail monitoring features (select a cluster, select Monitor > VxRail) Appliances (Physical view) Last configuration data sent (SRS dial home)

VxRail configure features (select a cluster, select Configure > VxRail) System Updates (life cycle management for performing cluster-level upgrades) Market

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Add VxRail Hosts (add node) Hosts (configure host name and IP address) Support Networking Health Monitoring Troubleshooting iDRAC Configuration (select host first, available for Power Edge 14G systems only)

Additional VxRail actions (available from the cluster and hosts context menu) Cluster shutdown Add hosts Remove VxRail hosts

NOTE: Throughout this guide the VxRail Manager Plugin for VMware vCenter is referred to simply as "VxRail Manager".

View the VxRail Dashboard Within the VMware vSphere Client, select VxRail to view the VxRail Dashboard.

About this task

The VxRail Dashboard shows system health and support resources at a glance, including system health, support, community activity, and knowledge base content.

System Health

Overall System Health shows the high-level system status of your VxRail. Status is shown as one of the following:

Healthy: System normal. Error: An error has occurred that should be addressed when possible. Warning: System issues needs attention such as a disk space limit that has been reached or an online support heartbeat

cannot be sent. Critical: Immediate action required to prevent downtime or data loss.

VxRail Community

VxRail Community shows the most recent articles and other content from the online VxRail community.

Support

Support shows status and links to support resources, including:

Last Heartbeat: The last time a Remote Support Connectivity (if enabled) heartbeat was sent. Contact Support: Link to start a chat session with a support representative or create a service request. Download: Available applications and add-ons for your VxRail.

Knowledge Base

Knowledge Base displays knowledge base articles related to VxRail Manager.

Support eServices

Access Support eServices from VxRail Manager.

Prerequisites

You must have an account to use Support eServices. To create an account visit https://www.dell.com/support.

About this task

Support eServices provides the following features: Contact Support: Opens a page where you can chat with a support representative or open a service request. VxRail Community: Displays the most recent activity from the VxRail community forums. Click a title to view the

discussion.

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Contact Support

Open a live chat session with support or a service request.

Steps

1. From the VMware vSphere Client menu, select VxRail to view the VxRail Dashboard.

2. In the Support section, click Contact Support to start a live chat session with a support representative or create a service request. The chat session opens. VxRail Manager provides the VxRail ID to the support representative.

View VxRail community updates

Browse and read the most recent activity from the VxRail community forums.

Steps

1. From the VMware vSphere Client menu, select VxRail to view the VxRail Dashboard.

2. Observe the VxRail Community list for the most recent activity.

3. Click a message or article to view that topic in a browser tab.

Use the Support Knowledge Base

Search, access, and view the Support knowledge base.

Steps

1. From the VMware vSphere Client menu, select VxRail to view the VxRail Dashboard.

2. Enter search terms in the Knowledge Base search field and press Enter or click the search icon.

If you have not linked your support account with VxRail Manager, log in with your Support credentials.

3. Click any of the returned search results to read that knowledge base article. Click More... to go to the knowledge base website.

Configure VxRail clusters You can view and configure VxRail cluster parameters in the vSphere Client by selecting the cluster in the Hosts and Clusters view and clicking the Configure tab.

Cluster-level VxRail parameters include:

System: Display the current version of VxRail Manager software running on your appliance and allows VxRail update. Updates: Perform cluster-level VxRail system upgrades. Certificate: Update the VxRail certificate. Market: Access qualified applications to install and run on your VxRail cluster. Hosts: View or modify the hosts within the VxRail cluster, also add hosts to the VxRail cluster Support: Display the linked Support account and link or change to a new account. Also allows you to edit the Remote

Support Connectivity configuration. Networking: Display the proxy status, configure proxy settings for Internet connections, and configure traffic throttling. Health Monitoring: Disable system health monitoring for maintenance purposes. Troubleshooting: Display the last several collected logs and generate a new customized log bundle using types and nodes.

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Viewing the VxRail Manager version number

Display the current version of VxRail Manager software running on your appliance.

Steps

1. From the main page of the vSphere Client, click Hosts and Clusters from the left navigation bar.

2. Select your VxRail cluster and then click the Configure tab.

3. Click VxRail > System. The System tab is displayed.

4. Observe About VxRail for the VxRail Manager software version.

Link your Online Support account to VxRail Manager

You can link your Online Support account with VxRail Manager and access support resources without a separate login.

Prerequisites

You must have an account before you can link it with VxRail Manager. To create a support account, see Registering for online support.

Steps

1. From the VMware vSphere Client, click Hosts and Clusters in the left navigation bar.

2. Select your VxRail cluster and then click the Configure tab.

3. Select VxRail > Support from the inner left navigation bar.

4. On the Support tab, click Edit in the Dell Support Account section. Set Support Account- if no account has been set. Change Support Account - if an account was previously set.

5. Enter account credentials in the Username and Password fields. Leave both fields blank if you want to unlink all accounts.

6. Click Login. VxRail Manager logs in to your account and displays that your account is in use.

Updating VxRail Manager certificates

Update and refresh the SSL certificates of the VxRail Manager running on your appliance.

Steps

1. From the main page of the vSphere Client click Hosts and Clusters from the left navigation bar.

2. Select the VxRail cluster you want and click the Configure tab.

3. Click VxRail > Certificate from the inner left navigation panel. The Certificate Manager panel is displayed.

4. Enter the SSL certificate information and password and then click Update.

Generating a diagnostic log bundle

Create and download a diagnostics log bundle for your cluster.

About this task

VxRail Manager compiles a diagnostic log of its own operations. It does not include log information for the entire cluster.

Steps

1. From the main page of the vSphere Client, click Hosts and Clusters in the left navigation bar.

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2. Select your VxRail cluster and then click the Configure tab.

3. Select VxRail > Troubleshooting from the inner left navigation bar. The Log Collection tab is displayed

4. Click the Create button.

5. In the dialog box select the types of logs and specific hosts from which the logs will be collected.

6. Click Generate. VxRail Manager will gather diagnostics information and create a TAR file.

7. Wait for the log bundle generation to complete.

8. Click Download to store the file on your local machine.

Configuring a network proxy server

Configure proxy settings to allow connections to an external network through your proxy server. You can update, enable, and disable the proxy settings.

Prerequisites

You must supply an existing proxy server. The type of the proxy should be either HTTP or SOCK4/5.

The following table lists the supported proxy types for VxRail Manager and Secure Remote Services VE.

Table 5. Supported proxy types

Proxy Type VxRail Manager Secure Remote Services VE

SOCKS4 without authentication Supported Not supported

SOCKS5 without authentication Supported Supported

SOCKS5 with authentication Supported Not supported

HTTP without authentication (anonymous) Supported Supported

HTTP with authentication (basic authentication) Supported Supported

About this task

The proxy is used for the Internet connection to the VxRail community, knowledge base search, appliance market download, and so on.

The proxy configuration is applied to the Secure Remote Services virtual environment during Secure Remote Services enablement and activation. After Secure Remote Services is activated, the proxy information can be set from the Secure Remote Services side independently but it will always be overwritten if new a proxy is set from VxRail Manager.

Steps

1. From the main page of the vSphere Client, click Hosts and Clusters in the left navigation bar.

2. Select your VxRail cluster and then click the Configure tab.

3. Select VxRail > Networking from the inner left navigation bar. The Configure Network Environment Settings tab is displayed.

4. Verify the value of Proxy Status in the Configure Proxy Settings section: Disabled: Proxy is not enabled. Enabled: Proxy is enabled.

5. Click Edit in the Configure Proxy Settings section.

6. Do one of the following: If your proxy status is Disabled, and you need to configure the proxy, proceed to step 7. If your proxy status is Enabled, and you need to update the proxy, skip to step 8. If your proxy status is Enabled, and you need to disable the proxy, skip to step 9.

7. Click Enable Proxy Setting and enter the information for the proxy you want to configure:

a. Select the expected proxy type from the Type dropdown box. The supported proxy types includes HTTP SOCKS4, and SOCKS5.

b. Enter the IP/Hostname and Port number of the proxy server you are using.

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c. If you choose HTTP or SOCKS5 as the proxy type, you can provide credentials for accessing the proxy server by checking Autenticate Credential. Provide the username and password in the corresponding fields.

d. If Secure Remote Services is enabled, enter the Secure Remote Services admin password in the Secure Remote Services password field.

8. Click OK.

The configured proxy settings are enabled for VxRail Manager.

When your proxy status is Enabled, the process is complete. A message Proxy settings have been enabled is displayed.

9. To disable the proxy, do the following:

a. Click the triangle button beside the Update Proxy button. b. Click Disable Proxy in the dropdown box. c. If Secure Remote Services is enabled, input the Secure Remote Services admin password in the Secure Remote

Services password field and click Disable Proxy.

When your proxy status is Disabled, the process is complete. A message Proxy settings have been disabled is displayed.

Enable Secure Remote Services

Secure Remote Services provides secure, automated access between Support and your VxRail. Install and activate an integrated Secure Remote Services or register to an External Secure Remote Services gateway to enable some features in VxRail Manager.

You must have a support account before you enable Secure Remote Services. To set up Secure Remote Services, link your Online Support account to VxRail Manager under the same party ID.

Customer experience improvement program

An optional part of using Secure Remote Services is providing usage data to the Dell customer experience improvement program. You decide the level of data about your VxRail environment that is collected. The types of data that is collected include environmental usage, performance, capacity, and configuration information. Dell uses this information to improve VxRail and your experience.

Enable integrated Secure Remote Services

Activate integrated Secure Remote Services on VxRail.

Steps

1. From the VMware vSphere Client, click Hosts and Clusters in the left navigation bar.

2. Select your VxRail cluster and then click the Configure tab.

3. Select VxRail > Support from the inner left navigation bar.

4. Verify the value of SRS Status and do one of the following:

Not configured: Go to step 5. Deployed: Go to step 12. Enabled: Go to step 15.

5. Click Edit in the Dell Secure Remote Services section.

6. Select Internal SRS.

7. In the SRS VM IP Address field, enter a valid IP address on the management network that is used by your VxRail.

Secure Remote Services must be on the same management network as VMware vCenter and VxRail Manager to receive alerts and broadcast them back to Support.

8. Verify that the site ID and contact information are correct. These fields are pre-filled based on your Support account. However, you can manually update them.

9. Set the passwords for the root account and the admin account.

10. Click Next.

11. Select the level of data that is collected for use in the VxRail customer experience improvement program and click Next.

12. Review your information and click Finish. A status bar is displayed as Secure Remote Services is deployed on your system. When the process is complete, an access code is emailed to the address specified for your support account.

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13. When your SRS Status is Deployed, click Activate SRS.

14. Enter or paste the access code in the Access code field. The access code is valid for 30 minutes. If your code expired, click Regenerate access code.

15. Click Submit. A status bar is displayed as Secure Remote Services is activated on your system. When the process is complete, your Secure Remote Services status shows Enabled.

16. When your Secure Remote Services status is Enabled, the process is complete.

17. Click Test Connection to verify the connection.

Enable external Secure Remote Services

Configure external Secure Remote Services on your VxRail.

Steps

1. From the VMware vSphere Client, click Hosts and Clusters in the left navigation bar.

2. Select your VxRail cluster and then click the Configure tab.

3. Select VxRail > Support from the inner left navigation bar.

4. Verify the value of SRS Status.

Not Configured: Secure Remote Services is not activated. Deployed: Secure Remote Services has been installed but not activated. Enabled: Secure Remote Services is activated.

5. For each status, perform one of the following: Not Configured, go to step 6. Deployed, go to step 12. Enabled, go to step 12 or 13.

6. Click Edit in the Dell Secure Remote Services section.

7. Select External SRS.

8. In the SRS VM IP Address field, enter one or more external Secure Remote Services IP addresses for VxRail Manager registration (up to 10).

9. Enter the site ID.

10. Select the level of data that is collected for use in the VxRail customer experience improvement program and click Next.

11. Review your information and click Finish.

12. Click Submit. When your Secure Remote Services status shows as Enabled, the process is complete.

13. Click Test Connection to verify the connection.

Access SaaS multi-cluster management features using MyVxRail

As part of VxRail HCI System Software, the MyVxRail web portal provides access to SaaS multi-cluster management and analytics of your VxRail systems.

Prerequisites

To view your VxRail clusters in the MyVxRail web portal, for each cluster, perform the following: Enable your Dell Technologies Support account. Configure Remote Support Connectivity. Opt into the Customer Improvement Program.

About this task

You can access the MyVxRail web portal from VxRail Manager.

Steps

1. From the VMware vSphere Client, click Hosts and Clusters.

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2. Select the VxRail cluster you want and click the Configure tab.

3. Click VxRail > Support from the inner left navigation panel.

4. Click VxRail HCI System Software SaaS multi-cluster management to go to the MyVxRail web portal.

The MyVxRail web portal opens in a separate browser tab. This requires Internet connectivity.

Setting Internet online/offline mode

Follow these steps to enable or disable your VxRail Appliance's connection to the Internet.

About this task

NOTE: Some VxRail Manager features are disabled when the appliance Internet connection is disabled.

Steps

1. From the main page of the vSphere Client, click Hosts and Clusters in the left navigation bar.

2. Select your VxRail cluster and then click VxRail > Networking from the inner left navigation bar. The Configure Network Environment Settings tab is displayed.

3. In the Internet Connection section, set Connection Status to one of the following: Enabled: Internet access for your appliance is enabled. Disabled: Internet access for your appliance is disabled.

Results

When Connection Status is set to Disabled, some VxRail Manager features are disabled. A message is displayed for the disabled features.

Configuring network traffic throttling

Set the communication frequency between VxRail Manager and vCenter. Setting a higher communication frequency could have a negative impact on network bandwidth consumption.

Steps

1. From the main page of the vSphere Client click Hosts and Clusters from the left navigation bar.

2. Select the VxRail cluster you want and click the Configure tab.

3. Click VxRail > Networking from the inner left navigation panel. The Configure Network Environment Settings panel is displayed.

4. In the Traffic Throttle Configuration panel select one of the following: None: No communications. Basic: Minimal communications. Medium: Moderate level communications. Advanced: Most complete communications.

Enabling and disabling cluster health monitoring

Follow these steps to set whether VxRail Manager monitors the system health of the cluster.

About this task

Cluster health monitoring is normally enabled. You may want to disable it when you are performing service, such as replacing disks and so on.

Steps

1. From the main page of the vSphere Client, click Hosts and Clusters in the left navigation bar.

2. Select your VxRail cluster and then select VxRail > Health Monitoring from the inner left navigation bar.

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3. In the VxRail Cluster Health Monitoring section, set Health Monitoring Status one of the following: Enabled: Cluster health is monitored and reported. This is the default setting. Disabled: Cluster health is not monitored.

Results

When cluster health monitoring is disabled (Health Monitoring Status set to Disabled) VxRail Manager displays a banner indicating that monitoring is muted. You can close the banner by clicking the X on the right side of the banner.

Convert an internal vCenter server to an external vCenter server

You can convert a VxRail VMware vCenter Server to an external VMware vCenter server.

About this task

This is a one-way conversion from VxRail-managed VMware vCenter Server to an external-managed VMware vCenter. You cannot convert an external-managed VMware vCenter Server to a VxRail-managed VMware vCenter Server. After converting to an external-managed VMware vCenter server, the server and PSC life cycle are not managed by VxRail Manager.

Steps

1. From the VMware vSphere Client, click Hosts and Clusters.

2. Select the VxRail cluster that you want and click the Configure tab.

3. Select VxRail > System from the inner left navigation panel.

4. In the Convert vCenter Mode window, click Edit... and enter the appropriate information.

Updating system software

Use the system update feature of the VxRail Manager Plugin for VMware vCenter to install updates for the system software installed on your VxRail Appliance.

About this task

NOTE: Do not use VMware vSphere Update Manager (VUM) to update any of the components managed and updated by

VxRail Manager.

NOTE: You may not be able to update your system software in some circumstances:

If you are using a stretch cluster VxRail configuration with VxRail software 4.7.2xx or earlier.

If your cluster is in an unhealthy state or has critical health alarms

Open a service request, or contact your sales representative or reseller to arrange help in updating your system.

Steps

1. From the main page of the vSphere Client, click Hosts and Clusters in the left navigation bar.

2. Select the VxRail cluster you want to update in the left navigation pane and then click the Configure tab.

3. Select VxRail > Updates from the inner left navigation bar.

Three tabs are displayed:

System: This tab lists the Current VxRail System Version and the Installed Components and Versions. Internet Updates: This tab allows you to download a new version of the VxRail system software. (Internet access is

required.) If more than one version is available you can select ALL Available System Updates to list all of them or Recommended System Updates to list the recommended update for your cluster.

Local Updates: This tab allows you to upload a new version of the software from your local storage. This is useful if you do not have Internet access from your VxRail appliance.

4. Click the option you want. The software is uploaded to the vSAN.

5. Click Continue Update to begin upgrading the software.

6. On the Schedule page choose Update Now or Schedule Update.

7. Click Next.

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The Specification page is displayed.

8. Enter the Required Information to Upgrade VxRail System, such as VxRail Manager root account and password, vCenter Server administrator account and password, PSC root account and password, and the vCenter Server root account and password. Then click Next.

9. Click Next to verify the Target Version and Minimum Estimated Time on the Summary page.

10. Click Finish (optional). VxRail Manager performs a series of system checks and begins the update process. The upgrade process status is displayed. When the process is done, VxRail Manager displays "Upgrade complete". If any problems are encountered during installation, VxRail Manager displays an appropriate message and steps to correct the issue.

11. Click Refresh to reload the System screen. When the installation is complete, the new version is displayed in the Installed Components list.

Viewing installed applications

The VxRail > System > System Software Installed on this Cluster display allows you to view information about the applications installed on your VxRail Appliance.

Steps

1. From the main page of the vSphere Client, click Hosts and Clusters in the left navigation bar.

2. Select the VxRail cluster you want to view in the left neavigation.

3. Select VxRail > System from the inner left navigation bar. The System tab is displayed.

4. In the Helpful Information section, click Update.

5. Scroll the System Software Installed on this Cluster list, if necessary, to view system software installed on your VxRail Appliance.

The list includes a description and version number for each application installed. If a newer version of an application is available, the Internet Upgrade button is also displayed.

6. To view the components of the installed system software, click Installed Components. The VxRail Manager, vCenter, ESXi, VxRail VIB, and PTAgent (for Dell PowerEdge appliances) versions are displayed

Results

If the installed software version is different from the factory version or the last upgraded version, VxRail Manager shows The version is (supported, reference version is ). Related system events are generated.

If the installed software version is not supported, VxRail Manager shows The version is (not supported). See KB500665. Related system events are generated.

If the installed software version is incompatible with other software, VxRail Manager shows The version is (incompatible with ). See KB500666. Related system event are generated.

Use VxRail Market

With VxRail Market, you can download, install, and upgrade qualified software products for your VxRail.

Steps

1. From the VMware vSphere Client, click Hosts and Clusters.

2. Select the VxRail cluster that you want to work with in the left navigation and then click the Configure tab.

3. Select VxRail > Market from the inner left navigation bar.

4. Scroll Available Applications for this Cluster list to view available applications.

5. Click Learn more to view application information.

6. In the VxRail Market tab, do one of the following to install the application: Click Install. Click Download to go to an external page where you can download and install the application.

See Install a VxRail Market application to install multiple instances of an application.

7. Multiple instances of an application may be installed. To view and manage instances, perform the following:

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a. Click the arrow next to the name of the application to expand the instance listing.

If there is only one instance of an application, the expand arrow is not displayed.

b. Scroll to the instance you want to manage. c. View and manage the instance of the application.

The following status messages may display for an application instance:

Downloading: The application is downloading. Pending: The application is waiting until another application finishes downloading. IP address: The application is installed.

Install a VxRail Market application

Install a qualified software product from the VxRail Market.

Steps

1. From the VMware vSphere Client, click Hosts and Clusters.

2. Select the VxRail cluster that you want to work on in the left navigation pane and then click the Configure tab.

3. Select VxRail > Market from the inner left navigation bar.

4. Click Open market view.

5. Click Install to install the application.

6. Fill out the fields as appropriate for the application being installed. For example, you may enter: Virtual Machine Name IP Management address Time zone

The fields vary depending on the application. Some fields may be pre-populated.

7. Click Install.

A status bar shows the progress of the installation. The status messages include:

Downloading: The application is downloading. Pending: The application is waiting until another application finishes downloading. IP address: The application is installed.

8. Repeat steps to install multiple instances of an application.

Manage applications and add-ons with VxRail Manager

Manage your installed software products from the VxRail Market.

Steps

1. From the main page of the VMware vSphere Client, click Hosts and Clusters in the left navigation bar.

2. Select the VxRail cluster that you want to work on in the left navigation window and then click the Configure tab.

3. Select VxRail > Market from the inner left navigation bar.

4. From the Market tab, click the Open market view.

5. From the VxRail Market window, scroll the Available Applications for this Cluster list to find the application you want.

6. If there are multiple instances of the application, follow these steps:

a. Click the arrow next to the name of the application to expand the instance listing.

If there is only one instance of an application, the expand arrow is not displayed.

b. Scroll to the instance that you want to manage.

7. For the selected application, do either of the following: Click Open to view the VM console. Click Manage to view the application management interface. Not every application has a management option.

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Configure VxRail satellite nodes The VxRail Manager allows you to configure certain parameters that apply to the hosts in your VxRail cluster.

VxRail uses satellite nodes to provide simplicity, agility, and automation. Satellite nodes are used to address more edge use cases with single node deployments. Satellite nodes extend VxRail operational model and efficiencies to edge sites while automating day-to-day operations, health monitoring, and life cycle management. This service is provided from a centralized location without the need for local technical or specialized resources.

The satellite nodes are managed by a VxRail cluster with VMware vSAN that has been upgraded to 7.0.300, or later. Only a VxRail cluster with a customer-managed VMware vCenter Server can manage satellite nodes. The VxRail Manager VM that is deployed can control all satellite nodes from a centralized host management location in the VMware vCenter Server. Using VxRail Manager, you can add, remove, and update satellite nodes from one access point.

The host folder is used to logically group the VxRail satellite nodes together.

From the VMware vSphere Client, you can perform the following: Configure iDRAC Add, edit, or remove a host folder. Add a node to a folder. Upgrade the folder. Remove a host.

Go to VxRail Manager for configuration steps that use the VMware vSphere Client. Go the VMware Docs for more information about using the VMware vSphere Client.

Configure iDRAC

Configure iDRAC for the VxRail host.

Steps

1. From the VMware vSphere Client, click Hosts and Clusters.

2. Select the VxRail host in the left navigation bar and then click the Configure tab.

3. Select VxRail > iDRAC Configuration from the inner left navigation bar.

4. Click Edit next to IPv4 Settings, modify the settings, and click Apply.

5. Click Edit next to VLAN Settings, modify the settings, and click Apply.

6. To add an iDRAC user, click Add next to the Users section, enter the user information, and click Apply.

View Remote Support Connectivity information Verify your VxRail Remote Support Connectivity "heartbeat" (the last time your system that is communicated with the remote support service). Review the configuration data that was sent to Remote Support Connectivity.

Prerequisites

Your VxRail can use Remote Support Connectivity with or without the Secure Connect Gateway. For integrated Remote Support Connectivity, it must be enabled on your VxRail. See See Enable Remote Support Connectivity.

Steps

1. On the main page of the vSphere Client, click Hosts and Clusters.

2. Select your VxRail cluster in the left navigation bar.

3. Click the Configure tab.

4. Select VxRail > System.

5. Observe the Cluster Information and Appliance Information sections to review the data that was sent to Remote Support Connectivity.

Click a section title to expand or collapse it.

Click Expand All to expand all the sections.

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6. If wanted, click Download to download an XML file containing the configuration data that was most recently sent to Remote Support Connectivity.

Results

The configuration data contains the following information about your VxRail cluster and appliances: Cluster Information

Cluster ID: The ID of the cluster. CSI Site ID: The site ID for the cluster. Last Inventory: Time the inventory was sent to Remote Support Connectivity. Connected: Remote Support Connectivity connection status. Health State: Cluster health status when data was sent. Operational Status: Cluster operation status when data was sent. Product Version: Installed version of VxRail. VxRail Manager Version: Installed version of VxRail Manager. vCenter Version: Installed version of vCenter. vCenter License: The installed vCenter license.

VxRail Information PSNT: The VxRail serial number. Model: The type of VxRail. Chassis Description: Description of the chassis in the cluster. Chassis Serial Number: The hardware serial number (similar to the PSNT). Chassis Part Number: Chassis part number (may be the same as the model). Power Supply: Configuration information for the power supplies installed in the chassis. Node Information: Configuration information for the nodes installed in the chassis.

Viewing physical system health The VxRail Manager Physical View window displays information about the hardware components of your host appliance. A graphical representation of the host appliances in your cluster makes it easy to navigate for event and status information.

Use the Health view to view the following:

Appliances in the cluster: View appliance status and information such as ID, serial number, and so on. Individual appliance components: Drill down to see status and information for appliance components such as disks, compute

nodes, and power supplies.

Locating components and viewing hardware health

Quickly locate and identify health status on any host appliance in the cluster.

Steps

1. On the main page of the vSphere Client, click Hosts and Clusters and select the VxRail host appliance you want to view from the left navigation bar.

2. Click the Monitor tab and select VxRail > Physical View from the inner left navigation bar. The Front View and Back View of the appliance are displayed.

3. If a status icon is displayed next to an appliance, click the Alerts tab in the right pane of the window to see more information.

4. Click any appliance component to view more details. Click a Disk in the Front View or Back View to see disk status and information. Click a power supply in the Back View to see power supply status and information. Click a NIC in the Back View to view network information.

Node information is displayed in the right pane of the Physical View window.

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Viewing physical disk status

View status and information for any host appliance disk in a cluster.

Steps

1. On the main page of the vSphere Client, click Hosts and Clusters.

2. Select your VxRail cluster from the left navigation bar.

3. Click the Monitor tab.

4. Select VxRail > Appliances from the inner left navigation bar.

5. Click an appliance and then select View Host Details from the Actions menu. The Physical View window is displayed, showing the Front View and Back View of the appliance.

6. Click a Disk in the Front View or Back View.

The Disk Information panel is displayed for that disk.

Results

The Disk Information panel lists disk status and information about the drive, such as: Status LED on/off Serial number Protocol Enclosure and slot location Disk type Manufacturer Capacity Remaining rated write endurance level for SSDs Alert information

Switching a disk locator LED on and off

Switch a disk's locator LED indicator on or off. The disk LED flashes to help locate the disk in a host appliance.

Steps

1. On the main page of the vSphere Client, click Hosts and Clusters and select your VxRail cluster from the left navigation bar.

2. Click the Monitor tab and select VxRail > Appliances from the inner left navigation bar.

3. Click an appliance and then select View Host Details from the Actions menu. The Physical View window is displayed, showing the Front View and Back View of the appliance.

4. Click a Disk in the Front View. The Disk Information panel is displayed for that disk.

5. Click Actions.

6. Select the action you want: Enable Disk LED starts flashing the disk LED. Disable Disk LED stops flashing the disk LED.

Checking an SSD's remaining rated write endurance

Display the remaining rated write endurance (RRWE) for an SSD in your VxRail appliance.

About this task

For SSD drives, the Disk Information panel displays a message when the remaining rated write endurance reaches certain levels:

Warning: 30% rated write endurance remaining Error: 20% rated write endurance remaining

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Critical: 5% rated write endurance remaining

The Error and Critical levels are reported on the VxRail Manager dashboard.

Follow these steps to view the SSD remaining rated write endurance notification:

Steps

1. On the main page of the vSphere Client, click Hosts and Clusters and select your VxRail cluster from the left navigation bar.

2. Click the Monitor tab and select VxRail > Appliances from the inner left navigation bar.

3. Click an appliance then select View Host Details from the Actions menu. The Physical View window is displayed, showing the Front View and Back View of the appliance.

4. Click an SSD in the Front View or Back View. The Disk Information panel is displayed for that SSD.

5. Observe the remaining rated write endurance notification (if displayed).

Viewing physical node status

View compute, boot device, and NIC status and information for any appliance node in a cluster.

Steps

1. On the main page of the vSphere Client, click Hosts and Clusters and select your VxRail cluster from the left navigation bar.

2. Click the Monitor tab and select VxRail > Physical View from the inner left navigation bar.

3. Click the picture of the appliance you want to view and then click the View Host Details link (hostname) on the right side of the window. The Front View and Back View of the appliance are displayed.

4. Observe the node information in the panel on the right side of the window.

Click Boot Device to view information about the node's boot devices.

Click Alerts to view any active alerts for that node.

Results

The node information panel lists status and information about the node, such as: Hostname Status LED on/off Power status Serial number Health status Manufacturer Slot number Firmware versions Component versions Boot device serial number and statistics

Switching a node chassis LED on and off

Switch a node's chassis LED indicator on or off. The chassis LED flashes to help locate the node appliance in a rack.

Steps

1. On the main page of the vSphere Client, click Hosts and Clusters and select your VxRail cluster from the left navigation bar.

2. Click the Monitor tab and select VxRail > Physical View from the inner left navigation bar.

3. Click the picture of the appliance you want to view and then click the View Host Details link (hostname) on the right side of the window. The Front View and Back View of the appliance are displayed.

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4. Click Actions.

5. Select the action you want: Enable System LED starts flashing the chassis LED. Disable System LED stops flashing the chassis LED.

Shutting down a single node

Shut down an individual node in a cluster. This is useful when replacing node hardware or performing other maintenance tasks.

Steps

1. On the main page of the vSphere Client, click Hosts and Clusters and select your VxRail cluster from the left navigation bar.

2. Click the Monitor tab and select VxRail > Physical View from the inner left navigation bar.

3. Click the picture of the appliance you want to view and then click the View Host Details link (hostname) on the right side of the window. The Front View and Back View of the appliance are displayed.

4. Click Actions and select Shutdown Host.

The Shutdown Host window is displayed as VxRail Manager begins the shutdown pre-check routine.

5. Correct any issues detected by the pre-check routine.

6. When the pre-check routine completes successfully, click Continue to shut down the node.

Results

During the pre-check routine, VxRail Manager checks the following: Checks and ensures the hosts aren't in maintenance mode Checks and ensure that cluster health monitoring is on Checks and ensures the hosts are connected Checks and ensures that DRS is enabled, or that all VMs on this host have been shut down Checks and ensures all VMs with vGPU enabled have been shut down

Viewing power supply status

View status and information for the power supplies of any appliance disk in a cluster.

Steps

1. On the main page of the vSphere Client, click Hosts and Clusters and select your VxRail cluster from the left navigation bar.

2. Click the Monitor tab and select VxRail > Physical View from the inner left navigation bar.

3. Click the picture of the appliance you want to view and then click the View Host Details link (hostname) on the right side of the window. The Front View and Back View of the appliance are displayed.

4. Click a power supply in the center area of the Back View.

The Power Supply Information panel is displayed for that power supply.

Results

The Power Supply Information panel lists status and information about the power supply, such as: Serial number Manufacturer

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View the physical NIC status

View NIC status and network information for your VxRail.

Steps

1. On the main page of the vSphere Client, click Hosts and Clusters and select your VxRail host from the left navigation bar.

2. Click the Monitor tab and select VxRail > Physical View from the inner left navigation bar.

3. Click the VxRail you want to view and then click the View Host Details link (hostname) on the right side of the window.

4. Click a NIC in the Back View.

Results

The NIC Information window lists status and information about the node, such as: MAC address Link speed Link status Port number Firmware version

Shut down a VxRail cluster Shut down your VxRail cluster from VxRail Manager.

About this task

See SolVe Online for VxRail to generate a VxRail procedure. When you shut down a cluster, VxRail Manager automatically:

Shuts down related VMs and services. Performs system health diagnostics and maintenance mode diagnostics. Indicates any errors or conditions that prevent shutting down.

Steps

1. From the VMware vSphere Client, click Hosts and Clusters and select the VxRail cluster.

2. Select the Actions menu next to the cluster name, and select VxRail > Shut Down.

3. From the Shut Down Cluster box, click Next to continue shutting down.

VxRail Manager begins a precheck of the system and displays the progress on the Validate page.

4. If the shutdown precheck process fails, VxRail Manager lists error messages. Resolve any issues and retry by clicking Back and then Next. You can also click Ignore if the error is unimportant and then click Next.

5. On the Confirm Operation page, click Next to initiate the shutdown.

6. Click Close to exit.

Wait for all the LEDs to turn off.

Results

When the shutdown process is complete, VxRail Manager indicates that shutdown is successful.

If the process does not complete successfully, follow the on-screen prompts to correct any errors.

Adding a VxRail host to a cluster Follow these steps to add a new VxRail host to an existing cluster.

Steps

1. From the main page of the vSphere Client select Hosts and Clusters from the left navigation bar.

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2. Click the cluster to which you want to add a VxRail host.

3. Select the Configure tab, click VxRail > Hosts from the inner left navigation panel, and then click ADD. The Add VxRail Hosts window is displayed, listing any discovered hosts.

4. Do one of the following:

a. To add a host within the same rack space select the host and click Add Host. This is level 2 from a network configuration perspective.

b. To add a host from another rack space that is set up to use a TOR switch and spine switch for connectivity, click Add Proxy and specify a proxy node from that target rack space and begin the VxRail host addition procedure. This is level 3 from a network configuration perspective.

Level 2 and level 3 models are not compatible. VxRail does not support converting from one to the other. Clicking Add Host launches the level 2 procedure. Clicking Add Proxy triggers a wizard to identify the proxy node on another rack to start the level 3 procedure.

Remove a VxRail host from a cluster Remove a VxRail host from a cluster.

About this task

See SolVe Online for VxRail to generate a VxRail procedure. After a node has been removed from a cluster, you must re-image the node before it can be re-added or re-purposed. The node is not usable until it is imaged.

Steps

1. From the main page of the vSphere Client select Hosts and Clusters from the left navigation bar.

2. Click the VxRail host that you want to remove from its cluster.

3. Click the Actions menu next to the cluster name and select VxRail > Remove VxRail Host. The Remove Host window is displayed.

4. Enter the appropriate credentials and click Verify Credentials.

5. When the verification succeeds, click Apply to start the host removal process. You can monitor the progress of the process in the vCenter Recent Tasks list.

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Other administrative tasks You can perform various administrative tasks outside of VxRail Manager. Not every task is supported on every version of the VxRail Appliance. Instruction for how to perform these tasks are found in either SolVe Online for VxRail or in the VMware vSphere documentation.

For more information about SolVe for VxRail, refer to KB 525271.

The following sections list the administrative tasks you can perform, and where to find the instructions.

Topics:

AD user management tasks Cluster management tasks Data center management tasks Datastore management tasks DNS management tasks Secure Remote Services management tasks ESXi host management tasks External vCSA and PSC management tasks Internal vCSA and PSC management tasks Migrate from a VxRail vCenter Server to an external VMware vCenter Server iDRAC configuration management tasks iSCSI management tasks Log server management tasks NFS management tasks NTP server management tasks VMware VDS management tasks VM folder management tasks VMware vSphere Standard Switch management tasks VxRail Manager management tasks

AD user management tasks For step-by-step instructions on managing AD users, see SolVe Online for VxRail.

The following table lists the AD user administrative tasks by VxRail system software release:

Table 6. AD user management tasks

Task 4.0.xxx 4.5.x 4.7.xxx 7.0.xxx

AD Authentication in External vCenter Server

Yes Yes Yes Yes

Join an Active Directory Domain Yes Yes Yes Yes

Cluster management tasks For step-by-step instructions on managing clusters, see SolVe Online for VxRail or VMware vSphere documentation.

The following table lists the cluster administrative tasks by VxRail system software release:

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Table 7. Cluster management tasks

Task 4.0.xxx 4.5.xxx 4.7.xxx 7.0.xxx Notes

Change DRS Setting Yes Yes Yes Yes See Disable DRS in VMware vSphere documentation.

Change the VxRail Cluster EVC Mode Yes Yes Yes Yes See SolVe Online for VxRail.

Change HA Setting Yes Yes Yes Yes See vCenter High Availability in VMware vSphere documentation.

Rename the VxRail Cluster Yes Yes Yes Yes See SolVe Online for VxRail.

Data center management tasks For step-by-step instructions on managing data center settings, see SolVe Online for VxRail.

The following table lists the data center administrative tasks by VxRail system software release:

Table 8. Data center management tasks

Task 4.0.1xx 4.0.200, 4.0.3xx, 4.0.4xx, 4.0.5xx

4.5.xxx 4.7.xxx 7.0.xxx

Rename the VxRail Data Center (external VMware vCenter)

Not supported Yes Yes Yes Yes

Rename the VxRail Data Center (VxRail- supplied vCenter)

Not supported Yes Yes Yes Yes

Datastore management tasks For step-by-step instructions on managing datastores, refer to SolVe Online for VxRail.

The following table lists the datastore administrative tasks by VxRail system software release.

Table 9. Datastore management tasks

Task 4.0.xxx 4.5.xxx 4.7.xxx 7.0.xxx Notes

Rename the VxRail Datastore Yes Yes Yes Yes Refer to SolVe Online for VxRail

DNS management tasks For step-by-step instructions on managing DNS servers, refer to SolVe Online for VxRail.

The following table lists the DNS administrative tasks by VxRail system software release.

Table 10. DNS management tasks

Task 4.0.1xx 4.0.200, 4.0.3xx, 4.0.4xx, 4.0.5xx

4.5.xxx 4.7.xxx 7.0.xxx Notes

Change VxRail Cluster's DNS IP Address (customer-supplied vCenter)

Not supported

Yes Yes Yes Yes Refer to SolVe Online for VxRail

Change VxRail Cluster's DNS IP Address (VxRail- supplied vCenter)

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Refer to SolVe Online for VxRail

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Secure Remote Services management tasks After Secure Remote Services is installed and activated on your VxRail, you cannot change the parameters.

Secure Remote Services administrative tasks are not supported with any VxRail system software release.

ESXi host management tasks For step-by-step instructions on managing ESXi hosts, refer to SolVe Online for VxRail.

The following table lists the ESXi host administrative tasks by VxRail system software release.

Table 11. ESXi host management tasks

Task 4.0.1xx 4.0.200, 4.0.3xx, 4.0.4xx, 4.0.5xx

4.5.xxx 4.7.xxx 7.0.xxx Notes

Change the ESXI host name and IP Address

Not supported

Yes Yes Yes Yes Contact Support

Change the VxRail External Management User Password

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Refer to SolVe Online for VxRail

Change the VxRail ESXi Root Password

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Refer to SolVe Online for VxRail

External vCSA and PSC management tasks For step-by-step instructions on managing the vCenter Server Virtual Appliance (vCSA) and the Platform Services Controller (PSC) on VxRail systems with an external vCenter, refer to SolVe Online for VxRail or the VMware vSphere documentation.

The following table lists the vCSA and PSC administrative tasks for external vCenter systems by VxRail Manager software release.

Table 12. vCSA and PSC (external vCenter) management tasks

Task 4.0.1xx 4.0.200 4.0.3xx 4.0.400 4.5.x 4.7.xxx Notes

Change the PSC IP address

Not supported

Not supported

Not supported

Not supported

Not supported

Not supported

Change the vCSA IP address

Not supported

Not supported

Not supported

Not supported

Not supported

Not supported

Rename the PSC VM Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Refer to vSphere Documentation, "Changing a Virtual Machine Name"

Rename the PSC host Not supported

Not supported

Not supported

Not supported

Not supported

Not supported

Rename the vCSA host Not supported

Not supported

Not supported

Not supported

Not supported

Not supported

Rename the vCSA VM Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Refer to vSphere Documentation, "Changing a Virtual Machine Name"

Change the password for administrator@vsphere. local

Not supported

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Refer to vSphere Documentation, "Change your vCenter

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Table 12. vCSA and PSC (external vCenter) management tasks (continued)

Task 4.0.1xx 4.0.200 4.0.3xx 4.0.400 4.5.x 4.7.xxx Notes

Server Single Sign-on Password"

Change the VxRail External Management User Password (management@localos)

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Refer to SolVe Online for VxRail

Change the password of the PSC root user (root@localos)

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Refer to vSphere Documentation, "Change the Password of the Root User"

Change the password of the vCSA root user (root@vCSA)

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Refer to vSphere Documentation, "Change the Password of the Root User"

Internal vCSA and PSC management tasks For step-by-step instructions on managing the vCenter Server Virtual Appliance (vCSA) and the Platform Services Controller (PSC) on VxRail systems with an internal vCenter, refer to SolVe Online for VxRail or the VMware vSphere documentation.

The following table lists the vCSA and PSC administrative tasks for internal vCenter systems by VxRail Manager software release.

Table 13. vCSA and PSC (internal vCenter) management tasks

Task 4.0.1xx 4.0.200 4.0.3xx 4.0.400 4.5.x 4.7.xxx Notes

Change the VxRail vSphere Components SSL Certificates for Internal vCSA

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Refer to SolVe Online for VxRail

Change the PSC IP address

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Contact Support

Change the vCSA IP address

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Contact Support

Rename the PSC VM Not supported

Not supported

Yes Yes Yes Yes Refer to SolVe Online for VxRail

Rename the PSC host Not supported

Not supported

Not supported

Not supported

Not supported

Not supported

Rename the vCSA host Not supported

Not supported

Not supported

Not supported

Not supported

Not supported

Rename the vCSA VM Not supported

Not supported

Yes Yes Yes Yes Refer to SolVe Online for VxRail

Change the Internal vCSA Administrator Password (administrator@vspher e.local)

Not supported

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Refer to SolVe Online for VxRail

Change the VxRail External Management User Password (management@localos)

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Refer to SolVe Online for VxRail

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Table 13. vCSA and PSC (internal vCenter) management tasks (continued)

Task 4.0.1xx 4.0.200 4.0.3xx 4.0.400 4.5.x 4.7.xxx Notes

Change the password of the PSC root user (root@localos)

Not supported

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Refer to SolVe Online for VxRail

Change the password of the vCSA root user (root@vCSA)

Not supported

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Refer to SolVe Online for VxRail

Migrate from a VxRail vCenter Server to an external VMware vCenter Server Migrating a VxRail cluster from a VxRail VMware vCenter Server to an external VMware vCenter Server requires a custom service engagement. Contact your account team for additional information.

Migration tasks are not applicable to VxRail dynamic node clusters with external VMware vCenter Server.

The following table lists the VMware vCenter migration tasks by VxRail system software release:

Table 14. VMware vCenter migration tasks

Task 4.0.1xx 4.0.200 4.0.3xx, 4.0.4xx, 4.0.5xx

4.5.xx x

4.7.xxx 7.0.xx x

Notes

Migrate VxRail Cluster from Embedded VMware vCenter to External VMware vCenter

Not supporte d

Not supported

Yes Yes Yes This task requires a custom professional service engagement. Contact your account team.

iDRAC configuration management tasks After your VxRail Appliance is installed and run for the first time, be cautious when changing any Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) settings.

The following table lists the iDRAC administrative tasks by VxRail system software release.

Table 15. iDRAC management tasks

Task 4.0.xxx 4.5.xxx 4.7.xxx 7.0.xxx Notes

Change the OS to IDRAC passthrough via the USB setting

Not supported

Not supported

Not supported

Not supported

Do not change this setting

Reset iDRAC to factory defaults

Not supported

Not supported

Not supported

Not supported

Do not reset iDRAC to factory defaults

Modify the vSwitch for the iDRAC network

Not supported

Not supported

Not supported

Not supported

Do not change any settings such as vusb, vnic, vmkernel port, or iDRAC standard porgtroup

Change iDRAC https port Not supported

Not supported

Not supported

Not supported

Do not change the iDRAC https port

Change iDRAC account Not supported

4.5.300 Yes Yes Refer to "Configuring VxRail host iDRAC settings" in the Admin Guide, or SolVe Online for VxRailChange iDRAC VLAN

configuration Not supported

4.5.300 Yes Yes

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Table 15. iDRAC management tasks (continued)

Task 4.0.xxx 4.5.xxx 4.7.xxx 7.0.xxx Notes

Create a new iDRAC account Not supported

4.5.300 Yes Yes

Configure iDRAC IPv4 networking

Not supported

4.5.300 Yes Yes

iSCSI management tasks For step-by-step instructions on connecting to iSCSI storage, refer to the External Storage section of the online help or the Administration Guide, and to the VMware vSphere documentation.

The following table lists the iSCSI administrative tasks by VxRail system software release.

Table 16. iSCSI management tasks

Task 4.0.xxx 4.5.xxx 4.7.xxx 7.0.xxx Notes

Connect to an iSCSI server Yes Yes Yes External Storage section of the online help or the Administration Guide

Log server management tasks For step-by-step instructions on managing the log server, refer to SolVe Online for VxRail.

The following table lists the log server administrative tasks by VxRail system software release.

Table 17. Log server management tasks

Task 4.0.1xx 4.0.200, 4.0.3xx, 4.0.4xx, 4.0.5xx

4.5.xxx 4.7.xxx 7.0.xxx Notes

Point to a new external log server IP address

Not supported

Yes Yes Yes Yes Refer to SolVe Online for VxRail

NFS management tasks For step-by-step instructions on connecting to an NFS server, refer to the External Storage section of the online help or the Administration Guide, and to the VMware vSphere documentation.

The following table lists the NFS administrative tasks by VxRail system software release.

Table 18. NFS management tasks

Task 4.0.xxx 4.5.xxx 4.7.xxx 7.0.xxx Notes

Connect to an NFS server Yes Yes Yes Yes External Storage section of this Administration Guide

NTP server management tasks For step-by-step instructions on managing NTP servers, see SolVe Online for VxRail.

The following table lists the NTP server administrative tasks by VxRail system software release.

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Table 19. NTP server management tasks

Task 4.0.xxx 4.5.xxx 4.7.xxx 7.0.xxx

Point to a new NTP server IP address Yes Yes Yes Yes

VMware VDS management tasks To manage VMware VDS, see SolVe Online for VxRail or the VMware vSphere documentation.

The following table lists the administrative tasks by VxRail system software release:

Table 20. VMware VDS management tasks

Task 4.0.1xx 4.0.200, 4.0.3xx, 4.0.4xx, 4.0.5xx

4.5.xxx 4.7.xxx 7.0.xxx Notes

Add a new port group on default VMware VDS

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes See VMware vSphere Documentation, Add a Distributed Port Group.

Add a new port group on new VMware VDS (Dell Node)

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes See VMware vSphere Documentation, Add a Distributed Port Group.

Add a new VMware VDS (Dell Node)

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes See VMware vSphere Documentation, Create a vSphere Distributed Switch.

Change default VMware VDS NIOC configuration

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes See VMware vSphere Documentation, vSphere Network I/O Control.

Change IP address of vMotion Network

Not supported

Yes Yes Yes Yes Contact Support.

Change IP address of vSAN Network (VxRail Supplied vCenter)

Not supported

Yes Yes Yes Yes Contact Support.

Change the IP address of vSAN Network (Customer Supplied vCenter)

Not supported

Yes Yes Yes Yes Contact Support.

Change the physical NIC Ports of Management Traffic

Not supported

Not supported Not supported

Not supported

Not supported

Change the physical NIC Ports of VM Network Traffic

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes See SolVe Online for VxRail.

Change the physical NIC Ports of vMotion Traffic

Yes Yes Not supported

Not supported

Not supported

See SolVe Online for VxRail.

Change the physical NIC Ports of vSAN Traffic

Not supported

Not supported Not supported

Not supported

Not supported

Change VLAN ID of management, VMware vCenter Server, and VxRail Management

Not supported

Yes Yes Yes Yes See VMware vSphere documentation.

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Table 20. VMware VDS management tasks (continued)

Task 4.0.1xx 4.0.200, 4.0.3xx, 4.0.4xx, 4.0.5xx

4.5.xxx 4.7.xxx 7.0.xxx Notes

Network (VxRail Supplied vCenter)

Change VLAN ID of VM Networks

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes See VMware vSphere documentation.

Change VLAN ID of vMotion

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes See VMware vSphere documentation.

Change VLAN ID of vSAN Network

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes See VMware vSphere documentation.

Enable Jumbo Frame Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes See SolVe Online for VxRail.

Enable network teaming LACP

Not supported

Not supported Not supported

Not supported

Not supported

Rename default port groups

Not supported

Yes Yes Yes Yes See VMware vSphere documentation.

Rename default VMware VDS

Not supported

Yes Yes Yes Yes See VMware vSphere documentation.

Share network traffic with vSAN

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes See SolVe Online for VxRail.

VM folder management tasks For step-by-step instructions on managing the VM folder, see SolVe Online for VxRail.

The following table lists the VM folder related administrative tasks by VxRail system software release:

Table 21. VM folder management tasks

Task 4.0.xxx 4.5.xxx 4.7.xxx 7.0.xxx

Rename the VM folder Yes Yes Yes Yes

VMware vSphere Standard Switch management tasks For step-by-step instructions on managing the VMware vSphere Standard Switch, see the VMware vSphere documentation.

The following table lists the related administrative tasks by VxRail system software release:

Table 22. VMware vSphere Standard Switch (VSS) management tasks

Task 4.0.xxx 4.5.xxx 4.7.xxx 7.0.xxx

Add a new VMware vSphere Standard Switch (Dell Node)

Yes Yes Yes Yes

VxRail Manager management tasks For step-by-step instructions on VxRail Manager, see SolVe Online for VxRail.

The following table lists the VxRail Manager administrative tasks by VxRail system software release:

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Table 23. VxRail Manager management tasks

Task 4.0.1xx 4.0.20 0

4.0.3xx 4.0.4x x

4.0.5xx 4.5.x 4.7.xx x

7.0.xxx

Replace the VxRail Manager SSL Certificate.

Noa No Yesb Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Change the VxRail Manager VM Hostname and IP address

No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

For earlier versions earlier than 7.0.200, contact Support.

Change the VxRail VM name No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Change the VxRail Mystic account Password

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Change the VxRail root account Password Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Backup and restore key VxRail Manager files for recovery purposes

No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

a. No = Task is not supported for this release b. Yes = Task is supported for this release

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External storage Although each VxRail Appliance includes its own on-board storage resources, you can also use your appliance with external storage. Your VxRail Appliance supports NFS datastores and VMFS datastores over iSCSI. Using external storage doesn't affect VxRail features such as upgrades, reset, cluster shutdown and so on.

Topics:

NFS and VMFS over iSCSI datastores Setting up external NFS storage for a VxRail Appliance Setting up external VMFS over iSCSI storage for a VxRail Appliance

NFS and VMFS over iSCSI datastores Your VxRail Appliance can be used with external storage with NFS datastores or VMFS over iSCSI datastores.

You may want to consider using external storage for workloads with high storage capacity requirements relative to the amount of required compute resources (CPU cores and RAM). External datastores allow you to scale VxRail Appliance compute resources separately from storage capacity. This can improved overall hardware usage levels. As a result it may be more cost-effective to use an external storage array such as Unity, VNX, Cloudarray, Isilon, or Windows/Linux storage services to provide additional storage for your VxRail Appliance cluster.

Note that external storage arrays must be managed separately. You cannot use the automated workflows in VxRail Manager for vSphere storage configuration and management with external datastores. Instead, you must use the vSphere Client to configure NFS and iSCSI on the ESXi hosts in the VxRail Appliance cluster, and to create NFS datastores and VMFS datastores over iSCSI on external arrays in the vCenter Server Appliance instance in the VxRail Appliance cluster. You must also use provisioning virtual machines on these external datastores in vCenter using the vSphere Client.

Refer to VMware vSphere documentation for details about using NFS and iSCSI storage with ESXi:

Understanding Network File System Datastores About the Software iSCSI Adapter

Setting up external NFS storage for a VxRail Appliance Follow these guidelines to set up your VxRail Appliance for use with an NFS datastore.

Prerequisites

Many storage products provide NFS services, including including UNity, VNX, Isilon, CloudArray, and Windows/Linux NFS services. These guidelines assume that you have already installed and provisioned your VxRail Appliance cluster as well as your external NFS storage server.

About this task

The NFS datastore is created directly from vCenter on your VxRail Appliance cluster. A VLAN and a vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS) are used.

Refer to the VMware vSphere documentation, Set Up NFS Storage Environment, for details about NFS storage with ESXi.

Steps

1. In the vSphere Client click Hosts and Clusters.

In a VxRail Appliance cluster, NFS shared folders can be assigned to all connected nodes.

2. Click the cluster name in the list.

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3. Click the Related Objects tab and then select Datastores.

4. Click the Create a New Datastore icon. The New Datastore window is displayed.

5. In the Location window type the datastore name and select the location for the datastore.

6. In the Type window select NFS.

7. In the Select NFS version window choose an NFS version.

8. In the Name and configuration window, specify necessary information to add the external NFS storage.

For Folder enter the Export Path of external storage array.

9. In the Host accessibility window, select the hosts in the VxRail Appliance cluster that will mount the datastore.

You can select any or all hosts in the cluster.

10. In the Ready to complete window, review your entries and then click Finish to complete the datastore creation. The new NFS datastore has been created.

Results

After the NFS datastore is created, you can: Provision VMs to the NFS datastore using the vSphere Client Perform standard operations such as Open Console, Power On, Shutdown VM, Suspend VM, and clone VM Migrate VMs between VxRail Appliance datastores and NFS datastores

NFS storage can take advantage of VMware Storage DRS features. In maintenance mode, VMs move to another node on the same NFS datastore automatically. The rebooted node is connected to the NFS datastore automatically.

Setting up external VMFS over iSCSI storage for a VxRail Appliance Follow these guidelines to set up your VxRail Appliance for use with a VMFS datastore over iSCSI.

Refer to the VMware documentation, Configuring iSCSI Adapters and Storage, while setting up external iSCSI storage for your VxRail Appliance.

The general steps to configure iSCSI storage for VxRail include the following :

1. Set up the iSCSI network portgroup. 2. Set up an active software iSCSI adapter. 3. Configure multipath policy for the iSCSI storage device. 4. Create a new VMFS datastore over iSCSI.

All the steps are done using the vSphere Client. A software iSCSI adapter allows standard NICs to connect ESXi hosts to a remote iSCSI target on the IP network. A VLAN and vSphere distributed switch are used. For details please refer to the VMware documentation, About the Software iSCSI Adapter.

Set up the two iSCSI network portgroups

In the process of port binding, you create two virtual VMkernel adapters for each physical network. You then associate the VMkernel adapters with the software iSCSI storage adapter created in the following steps. Create the distributed port groups first.

About this task

NOTE: The key is to avoid a network conflict with the VSAN. The uplink1/uplink2/vmnic0 description in the following

procedure is suitable for most standard VxRail Appliance installations. Some VxRail Appliance models have extra Ethernet

ports. You can use those ports as an alternate configuration. Replace uplink1 and uplink2 with the proper uplink numbers

according to the extra ports.

Steps

1. Log in to the vSphere Client as an authorized user.

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2. In the vSphere Client, click the home icon and go to the Networking configuration page.

3. Highlight VMware HCIA Distributed Switch and then right-click it to create a new distributed port group. The New Distributed Port Group window is displayed.

4. In the Select name and location window enter the port group name.

A name containing uplink1 is recommended.

5. In the Configure settings window enter the general properties and specify the related VLAN ID if you are using a VLAN.

6. In the Ready to complete window, review your entries and then click Finish to complete the port group creation. The new distributed port group is created.

7. In the Home list, right-click the new portgroup and select Edit Settings. The Edit Settings window is displayed.

8. If the port speed is 10Gb, change Traffic Shaping for the iSCSI portgroup as follows: Set Ingress traffic shaping: status to Enabled, Average bandwidth(kbit/s) to 1048576, Peak bandwidth

(kbit/s) to 1048576, and Burst size (KB) to 102400. Set Egress traffic shaping: status to Enabled, Average bandwidth(kbit/s) to 1048576, Peak bandwidth (kbit/s)

to 1048576, and Burst size (KB) to 102400.

9. Change Teaming and failover for the iSCSI portgroup as follows: Keep uplink1 as the Active uplink. Move the other uplinks to Unused.

10. Create the second portgroup by repeating steps 3 through 9 with following value changes: In step 4, a name containing "uplink2" is recommended. In step 9, keep uplink2 as the Active uplink.

Results

Set up of the two portgroups is complete.

Create two VMkernel adapters on the hosts in the cluster

Steps

1. In the vSphere Client, click the home icon.

2. Select one of the hosts in the cluster.

3. Navigate to Manage > Networking > VMkernel adapters.

4. Click the Add host networking icon to add a VMkernel adapter with the first distributed port group you created. The Add Networking window is displayed.

5. In the Select connection type window select VMkernel Network Adapter.

6. In the Select target device window choose Select an existing network and click Browse.

7. Select the "uplink1"-related distributed portgroup you created in the previous steps.

8. In the IPv4 settings window select Use the static IPv4 setting.

This is defined according to your network environment. Make sure the IP address is unique in the network and accessible to the iSCSI target server IP address.

9. In the Ready to complete window, review your entries and then click Finish to complete the VMkernel creation.

10. Create the second VMkernel adapter by repeating steps 4 through 9 with following value change: In step 7, select the "uplink2"-related distributed portgroup.

Results

The two newly added VMkernel adapters are displayed and the detail info is shown in the lower panel. The network configuration for iSCSI on the host is finished.

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Set up an active software iSCSI adapter

Prerequisites

NOTE: The external iSCSI storage should already be prepared as required for your environment. this procedure does not

cover the details of creating volumes used as external iSCSI storage.

Steps

1. In the left panel of the vSphere Client, click vCenter > Hosts and Clusters and select the ESXi host you previously configured.

2. Click Manage > Storage > Storage Adapters and click the Add (+) button to add a software iSCSI adapter.

3. In the Add Software iSCSI Adapter window, click OK.

If needed, you can further configure the adapter in the Adapter Details section.

The newly added storage adapter is displayed in the Storage Adapters list.

4. Click Manage > Storage > Storage Adapters and click iSCSI Software Adapter.

The created iSCSI name is listed in the Identifier column and Properties tab of the lower panel. Its format is iqn.1998-01.com.vmware:xxxxxx-xxxxx. You can change the iSCSI name by clicking Edit in the Properties tab of the lower panel.

5. Click Network Port Binding and click the Add (+) button.

6. In the Bind .. with VMkernel Adapter window, select the VMkernel network adapter that created in the previous steps. The message Due to recent configuration changes, a rescan of this storage adapter is recommended is displayed.

7. Click the Rescan the iSCSI Software Adapter icon.

8. In the vSphere Client navigate to Manage > Storage > Storage Adapters.

9. Select the iSCSI software adapter you created and click Targets > Dynamic Discovery.

10. Click Add.

11. In the Add Send Target Server window specify the IP address of the iSCSI server and click OK.

The message Due to recent configuration changes, a rescan of this storage adapter is recommended is displayed.

NOTE: We recommend that you do not change the host iSCSI name after adding iSCSI storage information.

12. Click the Rescan the iSCSI Software Adapter icon. The warning message disappears and the iSCSI Target server is displayed in the lower panel.

13. Click Static Discovery to show the full target name of the iSCSI storage.

Assign volumes on iSCSI storage

Steps

1. Repeat the procedures "Create a VMkernel adapter on the hosts in the cluster" and "Set up an active software iSCSI adapter" on the other nodes in the cluster.

2. Configure your iSCSI storage to assign storage volume mapping with the iSCSI name for all hosts.

3. In the vCenter Client choose each host and navigate to Manage > Storage > Storage Adapters.

4. Click the Rescan the iSCSI Software Adapter icon.

Results

In the Devices tab, the new iSCSI volume is shown mapped to the ESXi host (iSCSI client).

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Configure multipath for the iSCSI volumes

About this task

To avoid any negative influence on VSAN performance, you must set multipath policy to Fixed and set Preferred Path on vmnic0. If you are using the extra ports on your VxRail Appliance (if equipped), set Preferred Path as the appropriate vmnic according to the extra ports.

Steps

1. In the vCenter Client choose each host and navigate to Manage > Storage > Storage Device.

2. Choose the iSCSI volume in the Storage Devices list.

3. In the Properties tab, click Edit Multipathing. The Edit Multipathing Policies window is displayed.

4. Select Fixed(VMware) for Path selection policy and then select the row in which Runtime Name contains C0.

5. Click OK.

Results

In the Properties tab, the Path Selection Policy section shows Fixed(VMware) and vmhbaxx:C0:Tx:Lx.

Mount a new VMFS datastore over iSCSI

To make full use of the new iSCSI storage, create a new datastore. This datastore can be mounted to all the hosts in the cluster.

Steps

1. In the vCenter Client select the cluster name.

2. Click Related Objects > Datastores, then click the Add New Datastore icon to create a new datastore over iSCSI. The New Datastore window is displayed.

3. In the Type window, select VMFS.

4. In the Name and device selection window specify the name for the datastore:

a. Choose one of the ESXi hosts for Select a host to view its accessible disks/Luns. b. Select the available iSCSI volume in the lower table.

5. In the Partition configuration window, adjust the iSCSI datastore Size.

It is recommended to set Size to Use all available partitions.

6. In the Ready to complete window, review your entries and then click Finish to complete the datastore creation. The datastore over iSCSI is listed. Its status is Unknown.

7. Click the Refresh icon. The datastore status changes to Normal.

8. In the Storage tab, check the connection status between the iSCSI datastore and the hosts.

Results

After the VMFS over iSCSI datastore is created, you can: Provision VMs to the VMFS datastore using the vSphere Client Perform standard operations such as Open Console, Power On, Shutdown VM, Suspend VM, and clone VM Migrate VMs between VxRail Appliance datastores and iSCSI datastores Protect iSCSI external storage access with redundant path

In maintenance mode, VMs move to another node on the same iSCSI datastore automatically. The rebooted node is connected to the iSCSI datastore automatically. The iSCSI volume is kept as Remote Disk.

The benefit from the iSCSI multipath configuration is that if the physical adapter vmnic0 is down, iSCSI IO switches to another vmnic without interruption. When vmnic0 is back online, iSCSI IO will switch back to vmnic0 without IO interruption.

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Replacing and adding hardware You may be able to add or replace hardware components on your VxRail Appliance such as hard disk drives (HDDs), solid state drives (SSDs), power supplies, and so on. Only qualified personnel should perform these procedures. For some hardware components, you may need to contact Customer Support to arrange for repair or replacement.

Refer to the online support website or SolVe Online for VxRail for hardware-specific information.

Using SolVe Online for VxRail Series hardware tasks Step-by-step hardware component tasks such as replacement and upgrade

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